Two men have appeared in separate courts in KwaZulu-Natal for illicit cigarette dealing. Members of the Hawks and Crime Intelligence Unit arrested Mohamed Osman and Ismail Adam Bhiku on Wednesday.

Police say during the operation 376 master cases of illicit cigarettes with a street value of more than five-million rand were confiscated.

A rifle, a panel van and R13 000 in cash were also seized. Osman appeared in the Newcastle Magistrates Court in the north of the province and was granted R7500 bail. His case was postponed to the 25th of January next year.

Bhiku appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates’ Court and was remanded in custody.

His bail application will be heard next Tuesday.